Boro end Ingfield hoodoo to progress in Cup

Scarborough Athletic ended their Ossett Town hoodoo on Tuesday night when a 1-0 win was enough in the Doodson Sport Trophy.

Tuesday, 15th November 2016, 8:54 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:13 pm
Boro report

Having never won at Ingfield in their previous attempts, a solitary own goal was enough to send them through.

Boro made a handful of alterations from the league win against Droylsden, the most notable being the absence of two-goal hero Carl Stewart due to injury.

After some early tussling, Boro's Adam Bolder almost edged Boro ahead, but his free-kick sailed just over the home bar.

Ossett may have dropped ex-Boro men Steve Ridley and Alex Peterson to the bench, but they still boasted two more former Seasiders in Sam Wright and Callum Terrell.

Wright's approach play was good on a couple of occasions, but he twice failed to test Boro keeper Jordan Porter.

The cup magic certainly looked to be missing until the final moments of the half, when due to a bit of fortune, it finally emerged.

Scott Brown broke on the right, his delivery into the box hit Ossett sub Jake Ellam, looped over the keeper and settled in the net.

Boro may have finished the first half well, but they made the shakiest of starts to the second.

Ossett were unlucky not to restore parity five minutes in when Reece Farnhill met a far-post corner and planted his header against the upright with Porter beaten.

Boro absorbed much of this pressure, then began to make a few piercings of their own.

Eddy Birch rolled an effort wide from distance, then Jameel Ible's powerful header was superbly pushed away by the keeper.

Ossett should have levelled when Bradley Riley somehow managed to crash the ball over the bar from six yards, it was easier to score.

Again Boro came though and Colley, with his last contribution before being withdrawn, stabbed at goal, but against keeper Leigh Overton showed his qualities.

The game continued to gather the momentum it lacked in the early part, with Cameron Murray's volley being deflected just wide. At the other end sub Danny Frost had a low shot held by Porter.

Glady for Boro much of the play was focused in the home half, with Ossett desperately booming it long, trying to turn Boro and make their breakthrough.

Steve Kittrick's side coped comfortably with this direct approach, saw out the final minutes and moved through to the next round.